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Journos Convene Secret Year End Meeting To Plot Fate of Nation

A secret cabal of journalists will gather next Wednesday at their lair in Washington, DC, -known as the Newseum -to plot the fate of our nation for the year to come, FishbowlDC has learned. Peter Baker, Mark Leibovich, Kelly O’Donnell, and Jake Tapper will converge upon the Newseum for a “year-end/look-ahead roundtable,” where they will lay out their plans for global domination. This meeting will occur at 8:00 in the morning to evade detection by the sensible people of the world, who will still be drunk/nursing their hangovers.

It is possible, however, to thwart these scheming journalist’s nefarious designs on America. It falls upon the young people of the world to stay vigilant, to take stimulants, to do whatever is necessary to remain awake and alert on the morning of December 18th. Under the guise of “attending a Politico Playbook breakfast”, said young people can infiltrate the journalists lair, observe their meeting, learn of their plans, and report them back to the nation. We here at FishbowlDC would go with you, good young people, but we are far, far too old and sensible to wake up in time to attend 8:00 meetings.

Good luck, youth! May God smile kindly upon you during this harrowing  journey, and know that the whole nation is praying for your safe return.

Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at TBD.com, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

At Last! A Soirée for D.C.’s Party Hostess

Lobbyist Heather Podesta will host a party for lobbyist and well-known party host Juleanna Glover for a job move to Teneo.

A note to NYT Mark Leibovich: There will be valet parking.

And potential crashers… definitely not the kind of party one shows up to uninvited.

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NYT’s Leibovich Gets Overflow Room

Cover of This TownWho says NYT‘s Mark Leibovich will never get invited anyplace in Washington after writing his summer blockbuster about the wealth of self-promoting douchebags in Washington?

Well, just about everyone.

But just about everyone also knows it’s not true.

Such was the case last night at The Hill Center, where lefty radio personality Bill Press interviewed Leibovich at his monthly “Talk of the Hill” event. Watch out — we may have to soon start saluting him — the crowd required an overflow room.

We asked Press for his thoughts on last night… Read more

Benetton Recognizes D.C.’s High Fashion Set

Unknown-6images-4A few Washington journalists, a socialite, an author and a fashion curator are getting called out for their fashion prowess. They are Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Susanna Quinn (of bikini fame in Mark Leibovich‘s This Town and a nude Demi Moore-esque expecting look), former Politico reporter and author Helena Andrews and Gilt City‘s senior curator Marissa Schneider. (Pictured above right: Helena Andrews; above left: Kate Bennett)

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Bardella Hasn’t Read This Town, Come Again?

Cover of This TownKurt Bardella, the Capitol Hill aide who infamously worked for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), was fired for leaking journalists’ emails to NYT writer Mark Leibovich and then rehired six months later, says he hasn’t even read This Town.

Seriously.

He spent months secretly (well, until he got caught) sharing emails with Leibovich and meeting with him to quietly assist with his book depicting what can be the sickening nature of some Washington insiders. And then he doesn’t bother to read the entire chapter devoted to him that was also published in the NYT magazine? Do we even believe this?

Asked about Endeavor Strategic Communications, his new firm, and whether he’s capitalizing on the attention he received in This Town, Bardella told FishbowlDC this week, Read more

Meet Mark Leibovich’s Monster

image004As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”

Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.

Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.

image002Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.

Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.

At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

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Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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Morning Chatter

“Week-long beach reading in Playa Del Carmen. #ThisTown was sad, frustrating, disgusting. I loved it.” — Thomas Galvin, policy advisor to Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commission. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich replied, “Thanks…sort of.”

Big ideas

“Someone should write a dissertation on @LukeRussert twitter bio ‘Been sweating it out in the streets of a runaway American dream since 1985′” — ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum.

Trust exercises with Dave Weigel?

“At @Slate retreat w @thehighsign @dankois @jdickerson @junethomas @mattyglesias @amandahess @AmandaMarcotte @emmaroller @Dahlialithwick.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question never to ponder: “How does God allow ‘read’ to be the past tense of ‘read’? Screw that all to hell.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, talking about God and hell on Yom Kippur. His colleague Hank Stuever replied to Gene, “You are out of your mind and you already waste spaces.”

Howie catches crap before show

“We’ll also talk about studies that Facebook fuels depression. And we’ll read some of your tweets on the air during the hour #MediaBuzz” — FNC’s Howard Kurtz. Bethany Mandel, who handles Social Media for Commentary, replied, “Howard Kurtz, if seeing other people’s happiness makes you depressed, Facebook isn’t the issue. #mediabuzz”

HuffPost Writer Pulls Heartstrings, Bashes Leibo for Snarky This Town

It’s really tough to compete with death.

Still, we think NYT‘s Mark Leibovich wins out over the views of HuffPost‘s Nancy Doyle Palmer, who writes a pretty fierce piece against the value of his summer blockbuster This Town. Headline: “This Town, My Town, My Loss.” Her husband’s unfortunate passing and the publishing and popularity of Leibovich’s book coincided.

Really, it’s apples and oranges. But try telling that to Nancy (or not, yikes!). Read more

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